Tom Hern

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Tom Hern
Thomas Hern

(1984-12-10) 10 December 1984 (age 37)
Other namesHerndog
OccupationFilm producer, Actor
Years active1998 - present

Thomas Hern (born 10 December 1984) is a New Zealand actor and independent film producer. He is known for producing NZ feature films The Dark Horse, Everything We Loved , and Pork Pie [1] (a reboot of Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie [2] ). Hern also produced the action-comedy Guns Akimbo, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving and TIFF Midnight Madness award-winner Shadow in the Cloud .


As an actor Hern has played Ram, the young paraplegic, polygamist villain in cult sci-fi series The Tribe and the comic-relief character Devin Del Valle in the 2004 television show Power Rangers Dino Thunder . Between 2006 and 2007, Hern also appeared in South Pacific Pictures-produced New Zealand television series Shortland Street as Baxter Cormack. Hern also appeared in Revelations, Interrogation, Maddigan's Quest, as well as in many supporting and presenting roles. His filmography includes various TV and radio commercials and voiceovers.

Thomas Hern was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and has two older brothers and an older sister. He is also known by the nickname Herndog.

Hern continues to work on musical side-projects, Theodore High, with Latham Gaines (who starred alongside Hern in Power Rangers Dino Thunder as Anton Mercer/Mesogog) and rock band The Drop D's.

Recent work

Hern is a co-founder and managing director of Four Knights Film Ltd along with James Napier.

As lead Producer of The Dark Horse, Hern won the Moa-award for "Best Film" [3] at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards (the film which won over 30 awards at Film Festivals around the world; including Audience Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival). In 2015, Hern was recognised as a Future Leader of the industry [4] by Screen International (in their "Cannes Edition") and sat on the International Jury for the Berlin Film Festival [5] (Generation Section). In 2016, Hern won the pitching prize at the MIFF 37 Degrees South market in Melbourne. [6]

Hern produced Guns Akimbo, alongside Felipe Marino and Joe Neurauter. [7] The film had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019.

Hern produced the short film, Lambs. Lambs premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and screened in competition at the Clermont Ferrand, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand International film festivals (the film also won both major awards at the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival - The People's Choice Award and The Grand Jury Prize for short films). Hern and Four Knights' released 2 feature films in 2014; The Dark Horse, starring Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston and directed by James Napier Robertson, and Everything We Loved , an arthouse drama by Max Currie (which had its World Premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2014).

In 2008/09, Hern produced (and co-starred in) his debut feature film, I'm Not Harry Jenson , with longtime friend James Napier who also starred in The Tribe and Power Rangers Dino Thunder . The film was released throughout New Zealand in 2010, by Rialto Entertainment, to strong reviews and was represented for international sales by Media Luna New Films in Germany [8] I'm Not Harry Jenson also played at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Hern produced Shadow In the Cloud; [9] a feature film starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and directed by fellow New Zealander, Roseanne Liang and is co-writing and producing a drama series about the Polynesian Panthers. Shadow In the Cloud won the Midnight Madness Audience Award [10] at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020.


As actor

1999What Now?! PMOn the Scene ReporterTV series
2001–02WNTVOn the Scene ReporterTV series
2002–03 Revelations – The Initial Journey JessMain role
2002–03 The Tribe Ram Main role
2004 Power Rangers Dino Thunder Devin Del Valle Main role
2005Two ConsCon 1Short film
2005InterrogationChristian Tariq McAvoy"Money Talks"
2005–2007 Shortland Street Baxter Cormack Regular role
2006 Maddigan's Quest Bird Boy Leader"Birdboys"
2009 I'm Not Harry Jenson KevinFeature film
2009Life's a RiotSqueaker DudleyTV film
2011 Ice Gang Leader"1.2"
2011 Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud Billy Kirby"Thirty of Silver/One of Gold"
2013HarryEugene"God Bless Brutus"
2012A Bend in the RoadBretShort film

As producer

2009 I'm Not Harry Jenson Feature film
2010The Rogers Family XmasTV series
2011LambsShort film
2014 Everything We Loved Feature film
2014 The Dark Horse Feature film
2017 Pork Pie Feature film
2017Human TracesFeature film
2019 Guns Akimbo Feature Film
2020 Shadow in the Cloud Feature Film

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